Yes, we know Gordon Ramsay is a hard man, or at least he presents himself as one. But how tough would he be at Marc Thuet’s restaurant? Thuet, no shrinking violet himself, is opening a new, high-end restaurant in Toronto with wife and partner Biana Zorich. The twist is that the duo is staffing the boîte with 24 ex-convicts, none of whom seemed to take any cooking classes while in the slammer. The restaurant managers have three weeks to whip the ex-cons into ship shape for opening night, and then a scant three months to turn a profit (a bit of a challenge, considering most new restaurants fail within three years of opening). Conviction Kitchen provides a clever take on the ‘chaos in the kitchen’ conceit and while we’ve probably all seen our share of frazzled wannabe cooks cussing in the kitchen, for some reason it still makes for fun TV.
Partners: Cineflix (Dinners) Inc. with Rogers (Canada), distributed by Cineflix International
Length: 8 x 60 minutes
Aired: September 2009 (Citytv)
Rights available: Worldwide excluding Canada